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Man may see jail time after guilty plea in fatal crash

Motor vehicle accidents happen all of the time; they are part of the danger of driving. In many cases, the crash may be an accident and nothing more with no one to blame for the impact. But in other situations, there are reasons that the impact can be attributed to things such as drugs, alcohol or speeding. But a car accident that happened last year supposedly involved none of these. Still, the driver who survived the fatal incident may see time behind bars.

According to authorities, he was driving with a suspended license when the crash happened last October on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. A 35-year-old man from West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, was driving a moving van when he veered off the turnpike and onto the shoulder. There, he collided with a 66-year-old maintenance worker. The worker was pushed against the guardrail where he was pinned and eventually died from his injuries.

The prosecutor on the case focused heavily on the accusations that the driver had a suspended license at the time of the crash. Distracted driving may have been an issue too but, according to reports, there was not enough evidence to prove if the man was using his cell phone before the accident. Recently, the man pleaded guilty to a felony charge of causing an accident involving death or injury while not properly licensed. He reportedly faces a maximum sentence of seven years and the prosecutor will reportedly be pushing for incarceration.

Incidents such as this underscore the dangers of driving. But if there is a responsible party, an injured individual or bereaved loved ones may be able to file a claim against said party. Individuals should speak to a legal professional before pursuing such a claim to make sure it is worth their time. By doing so, you may save yourself a considerable amount of work and money.


Source: 
CBS Philly, "Guilty Plea In 2012 Pennsylvania Turnpike Crash That Killed Maintenance Worker" Brad Segall, Jun. 14, 2013

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